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The Fitness Zone

Healthy Eating and Exercise Action Plan for Children
May 31, 2011

An online fitness course can help you achieve your career goals of helping children to reach their full potential. With negative health trends such as rising childhood obesity rates and diseases from sedentary lifestyles, wouldn't it be cool to be part of reversing that trend by inspiring and educating children to improve their health through fitness and nutrition? Helping families become more proactive in their personal health is a positive way to improve quality of life and longevity.

A healthy diet and regular exercise at all ages gives children a head-start in life helping them to learn more effectivley at school through better concentration. Exercise also helps to build self-esteem as they overcome obstacles and meet challenges. Regular exercise provides physiological advantages such as strength and stamina, a healthy metabolism, decreased risk of diabetes, and better sleep.

It's always good to make exercise and activity fun for children. This helps them to enjoy the activity and then want to do it again. When developing an exercise plan for children it's important to choose age-appropriate activities. Toddlers and young children may not get as much out of team sports as older kids who have a better understanding of the rules but will get enjoyment out of activities that they can do well at. Try gymbaroo, dancing, swimming, netball, soccer, rugby, riding bikes or scooters and walking at the park. Simple ideas at home for fitness can include a mini-golf set up in the backyard, running races around the house or on the lawn, setting up a netball hoop and helping parents with the housework!

A good eating plan goes hand-in-hand with an exercise programme in starting children on the right track to health and fitness. Introduce vegetables, fruits and whole-grains at an early age, and limit takeaways otherwise it can become a bad habit! A lot of the pre-packaged convenience foods are expensive and not always nutritious so read the labels to learn about the healthier options available. It's about balance getting the right nutrients, vitamins and energy from food for better quality of life, and also being able to have sweet treats in moderation as well.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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